Alicia is a PBL and Instructional coach from Rochester, NY. Alicia started as a Regents Global History and AP World History teacher specializing in working with students who had been identified as furthest from opportunity and/or at-risk. She has 6 years of classroom experience working with a diverse student population in both urban and suburban high schools. In her current role as instructional coach, Alicia leads professional development training to help teachers implement constructivist teaching and interdisciplinary PBL practices. Additionally, Alicia also mentors and supports new instructional coaches to provide actional feedback to improve overall student and teacher growth.
While she primarily focuses her work in the Rochester, NY area, Alicia also shares her coaching and facilitation skills with teachers across the country as a consultant with PBLWorks, and was a lead contributor in the development of PBL Coaching Workshop. In addition to serving on the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education, Alicia is a member of the advisory committee to steer the professional development of teachers involved in the Lucas Educational Research Knowledge in Action research project.
Alicia is passionate about partnering with educators to create learner centered classrooms and raising awareness among educators about social justice and equity issues in schools through the use of restorative practices as a means to improve the overall culture and climate in schools.